January has been a challenging month; with the resurgence of the virus and another National Lockdown it may not seem like the New Year we hoped for. It has been, however, a promising start to the year. With the vaccine rollout now in full swing and almost 10 million doses given, 90% of the over 80’s age group have now received the jab and vaccine shave been offered to every single eligible care home in England. The Government and the NHS have worked tirelessly to secure and give out the vaccine, and we are on target to have our first priority group vaccinated by mid-February. I continue to meet both the Vaccines Minister and the Head of the Vaccine Rollout in Tamworth on a weekly basis, to make sure our foot is on the accelerator pedal and the work they are doing is both admirable and remarkable.
In Parliament, the Government has been equally busy making sure we deliver on the Brexit result, taking back control of our laws, money, border and destiny. The Free Trade Agreement negotiated by the Prime Minister may have gone down to the wire, but we have a good result that delivers on what myself, Tamworth and the country voted for at the General Election and Referendum, all without the single market, customs union or EU judges and law.
This month we have seen exactly why Brexit could not have come sooner. Our Government has kept us ahead of the game with vaccines, unrestricted by the EU, and now the EU’s threats to Northern Ireland and of restrictions on suppliers like AstraZeneca have shown their true colour. Our ability to prioritise the needs of our people have meant we were able to use our funds as we have seen fit and it is disappointing to see the EU react in such a disruptive manner at such a crucial time in the fight against Coronavirus.
The Environment Bill has also entered Parliament as the Government emphasises its commitment to reducing the impact of climate change, with one of the most ambitious projects worldwide. It will make sure that we are able to protect our wildlife, our bees, our beautiful green areas and set new targets for making our island carbon neutral. This will also make sure our cities and towns have improved air quality as a key area of the bill. The bill is due to be debated further later on in the year, and I will keep readers updated.
In Tamworth I am delighted to hear the great news that the Future High Streets fund has awarded over £21 million to our town centre. This could not be better news for Tamworth, as the Government have invested £830 million nationally to local areas as part of its levelling up agenda. This will not only protect and create jobs in the hearts of our communities, but make sure we come back stronger from this pandemic. Our Council, led by Danny Cook, has a great vision for Tamworth’s future and I am excited to see what lies in store. Throughout this whole process I have banged on to my Government colleagues that Tamworth has a great business case and to see this result is a win for our town and a win for all of us who live here.
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